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Chimney Rock is a significant landmark on the Chimney Rock Trail at Ghost Ranch, north of Santa Fe. (Courtesy of James Glover)

Terrific treks

Although the nearby mountains are snowcapped and many of the higher-elevation hiking trails may be impassable without snowshoes, plenty of viable options remain for hikers who want to get out and enjoy the exercise and spectacular scenery.

Flurry in the Bosque

SAN ANTONIO — Bill Trujillo first noticed the growing traffic to the Bosque del Apache back in …

sandhill cranes, bosque del apache, October 2012

Festival of the Cranes

Aaron Mize, the acting refuge manager at the Bosque del Apache, found a historical treasure for me over the weekend… more »

Don’t get rattled

When out on a hike, be prepared for encounters with native snakes

Visitors walk along cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. (Journal)

Snapshot: Bandelier National Monument

History unfolds from above at Bandelier National Monument, 30 minutes from Los Alamos, where the ancestral Pueblo people made their… more »

The evening bat flight is a must-see at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (File)

Snapshot: Carlsbad Caverns

Hundreds of feet below ground, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico get a close-up view of… more »